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Contradicting the long-held belief that Aristotle was the first to discuss individuation systematically, Mary Margaret McCabe argues that Plato was concerned with what makes something a something and that he solved the problem in a radically different way than did Aristotle. McCabe explores the centrality of individuation to Plato's thinking, from the Parmenides to the Pol ...more
Hardcover, 339 pages
Published July 25th 1994 by Princeton University Press
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This book is a milestone in reclaiming Plato's metaphysics. McCabe argues that Plato's philosophy differs fundamentally from Aristotle's in that while Aristotle privileges the essences of things (what things are), Plato seeks their principles of individuation. Only by recognizing that Plato is looking for answers to different questions than Aristotle is, can one see the possibility of a living Platonism.